A severe ankle injury hampered my attempts to go pro, so I served as pitching coach for St. Peter’s for a few years. During my stint as coach, a number of players under my tutelage signed pro contracts, and in my final season of coaching, the program enjoyed its most successful season, winning the MAAC championship and advancing to the Eastern Regional finals, just one step away from the College World Series.
After college I played in several semipro baseball leagues in the NY/NJ area, the most significant being the “old” NJ Met League. There I had the pleasure of catching the man who inspired my writing: former Yankee great and Ball Four author Jim Bouton.
Somehow, I’m still playing hardball, and still learning about the game. I get as much a kick out of teaching a young pitcher how to throw a sinking fastball as I do knocking one over the fence. My goal with this site is to give back to the game, by offering the insight and techniques I’ve learned over the years, to other players young and old.
In addition to playing, I also offer private and group lessons to serious players of all ages in the NY-Metro area — my specialty is in training pitchers and catchers. During the winter months, indoor sessions are held at the Academy of Pro Players in Hawthorne, NJ (also the headquarters for Akadema, a top-notch baseball equipment company founded by one of my best friends and teammates growing up, Lar Gilligan). In warm weather, lessons can occur almost anywhere there’s something resembling a baseball diamond. Email me at joe at onbaseball.com for more information.